After reading a series of Wirral Leaks exclusives on the social media mishaps of Wirral Council’s communications supremo Martin Liptrot(sky) we understand that the legitimacy of airing his personal political views in public whilst occupying a politically restricted post was raised officially by an unnamed councillor.
After the usual attempts to kick the matter into the long grass it appears the complaint has finally been given a response from the Council’s top cover up co-ordinator Surjit Tour . A leaked email from him reads :
In answer to the question you posed, namely “How does the information on the website fit in with the operation of the 1989 Act or 1990 regulations?”, I confirm that the information/commentary in question posted by Martin Liptrot on his Facebook page is not permitted under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and Local Government (Political Restrictions) Regulations 1990.
This matter has been discussed with the individual concerned and he has been reminded of the need to observe the obligations associated with occupying a politically restricted post.
Well that’s alright then!
Initially we were amused that Tour couldn’t bring himself to write our name – despite the fact we know that he has expended much Council time and money trying to “smoke us out” – more on that story another time.
But more importantly it seems we were right to point out that Liptrotsky was out of order – some might even say acting unlawfully – by his very public support of the Labour Party when his publicly funded role specifically required political neutrality on his part.
But oh what humiliation for Liptrotsky of having to be carpeted for his misdemeanours by Tour (of all people!) as well as having to hand in timesheets in to Joe “Blotto” Blott.
However is a Surjit-slap punishment enough? – surely there can be now no doubt that Liptrotsky is nothing more than a Labour Party apparatchik paid for from ever diminishing Council funds? . After being found to be in breach of statutes and regulations the proper course of action would surely be for Liptrotsky to resign his Council position and if he wants to continue in his role then he should be paid out of Labour Party coffers.
Then there would be no issue about Liptrotsky posting his support for the Labour Party wherever and however he chooses. Of course this doesn’t extend to actual support for Labour Party leader Jezza Corbyn – from what we’ve read Liptrotsky doesn’t seem too keen. But then he’s in bad company as local MPs Frank Field and Alison McGovern aren’t keen either. Apparently the term used by Corbynistas to describe dissenters is “Core Negative” – which sounds to us like someone with no soul. Which when it comes to certain politicians and their hangers-on they may have a valid point !.